A few years ago, I had a leader who would compliment my clothes and ask where I shopped. I had just acquired a serious big girl job and was in need of some “Take me seriously” power jacket/cute top combos. I shared that I was taking advantage of the killer sales that had gone on at New York & Co recently. It only took a month before my leader had almost swapped out her entire closet for New York & Co as well. Later that year, for Christmas my mom bought me the cutest black leather/rose gold metal Michael Kors Hamilton tote. Not only did my boss have a similar one within a week but she got the larger version.
This went for a few years and I (she) progressed into Kate Spade accessories and Ann Taylor/The Loft clothes. And as the old adage goes: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I leaned in, realized what was happening and even went as far as to give her my hair stylist’s number because if she was going to do it, she had to do it right! I haven’t seen her in two years…I wonder if she knows that I’m really into Old Navy jeans lately?
So earlier this week when my music-bff, Ashleigh, sent me a link to a cover of the Grateful Dead song “Friend of the Devil” by Mumford & Sons it got me thinking, cover songs are the best forms of musical flattery! I still remember the first cover song I ever heard: The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There.” It was 1988 and they had done a pretty ok job of covering my favorite artist, Tiffany, and her latest song “I Saw HIM Standing There.” Honestly, I still remember the shock I felt when my parents couldn’t control their laughter and had to explain to me that no-no, Tiffany covered THEM. It was then, in our house in Cincinnati, OH that four-year-old-me learned what a cover song was.
With these great nostalgia moments, I did exactly what you think I did…I ran to my Spotify and created a brand-spanking new (or old) playlist of some of my favorite, and a little unknown, cover songs. Of course, I am missing some of the great covers such as Johnny Cash’s version of the Nine Inch Nail song “Hurt” or even Jeff Buckley’s stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah“. Those were a little too on the nose and I hope you know those songs, because if not stop, drop and roll into Spotify or iTunes and get you these songs.
Guys, I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do and that it helps you round out your work week and get you ready for the weekend. Drop me a line and tell me YOUR favorite cover songs are and what are you guys up to this weekend. I think I’m going to cruise around with my AC on (it’s hotter than hell in Orlando), listen to my new playlist and check out a new Pilates spot in town!
My Revamped Playlist: August 24, 2017
“Friend of the Devil” by Mumford & Sons
“Go Your Own Way” by Lissie
“Blank Space/Style” by Louisa Wendroff
“Dancing On My Own” by Calum Scott
“Where Is My Mind” by Mindy Jones
“Free Fallin'” by John Mayer
“My Heart Will Go On” by Postmodern Jukebox
“I’m on Fire” by AWOLNATION
“Billie Jean” by The Civil Wars
“…Baby One More Time” by Ed Sheeran
“Time After Time” by Iron & Wine
“Black Beatles” By The Mayries
“Valerie” by Amy Winehouse
“Bad Blood” by Ryan Adams
“How Will I Know” by Sam Smith
“Seven Nation Army” by Zella Day
“Use Somebody” by Pixie Lott
“Don’t Let Me down” by Joy Williams
“All Along The Watchtower” by Dave Matthews Band